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SuperMax 19-38 exceeds expectations - a quick review

SuperMax 19-38 exceeds expectations - a quick review

09-16-2013 12:54 AM by EMC | 7 comments »

After much research and debate I decided to go with this sander as the best solution to my need to keep the physical size reasonable (due to limited shop space) and the budget fairly reasonable (I am comfortable paying more for better quality, but as a hobbyist can’t really justify spending several thousand dollars on a single tool). A $1399, this is not an inexpensive tool, but it is reasonable. And from everything I read it has some real advantages over Preformax/Jet for only a sm...

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Klingspor hook and loop sandpaper - Great value and great paper

Klingspor hook and loop sandpaper - Great value and great paper

06-05-2012 01:29 PM by lumberjoe | 9 comments »

Since I have been doing a lot of projects lately, I got tired of running out of sandpaper when I needed it. I went to my local woodcraft to buy some bulk packs. I saw the Klingspor brand at a pretty god price for a box of 25 (around 11.00 for 5” hook and loop) and decided to take a chance. I previously used the Diablo hook and loop paper with a moderate level of satisfaction. I run my sander attached to a vacuum to keep the dust down and keep the paper somewhat clean. The Freud paper...

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DeWalt 5 inch Random Orbital Sander

DeWalt 5 inch Random Orbital Sander

09-06-2012 02:04 PM by Purrmaster | 15 comments »

I’ve had this tool for several years now. I’ve tried to take good care of it and it has taken good care of me. The particular model number is DW26451. Single speed random orbital sander. It takes 5 inch hook and loop (velcro) discs. You can see it here: http://www.dewalt.com/tools/woodworking-sanders-random-orbital-sanders-d26451.aspx. I cribbed the image from their website as well. I’ve been very pleased with it. The thing just works. It’s been completely...

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 Mirka Sanding Disks and Belts

Mirka Sanding Disks and Belts

02-01-2014 07:43 PM by b2rtch | 15 comments »

Last year when I remolded my kitchen, I bought on Amazon Mirka sanding disks in different grits. I was very satisfied with them. I used to buy all my abrasives from KLINGSPOR but the last time I checked their prices for sanding belts I had a sticker shock.The last sanding belts that I bought for my Ridgid sander, was also on Amazon. They were 100 grit Makita sanding belts. I noticed that they loaded very fast and I am really not happy with them. After a good experience with their sand...

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Love this little thing.

Love this little thing.

03-26-2015 03:55 PM by chad | 4 comments »

I purchased arbortech’s contour Random orbit sander. I build a lot of maloof style furniture and this little baby is a life and time saver. If you watch the YouTube video made by arbortech. There is no BS. It works as advertised. The rubber head can be replaced if needed (15-20 dollars). It is made well and with a little care will out last me. It uses sticky back paper which you can order from arbortech or do like me buy 5 or 6 inch discs and with a sharp pair of scissors make your...

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Grizzly T27417 Oscillating Belt/Spindle Sander - Part 1

Grizzly T27417 Oscillating Belt/Spindle Sander - Part 1

03-18-2017 06:59 PM by EEngineer | 12 comments »

I have wanted a spindle sander in my shop for some time now. For the last year or two, I had my eye on the Ridgid EB4424 belt/spindle sander but reviews just haven’t been kind to this product. Yes, there are many magazine reviews praising this product and positive reviews by satisfied users but there are also lots and lots of sad tales (including right here on LJ here and here ) that seemed to point to severe quality control issues. In addition, like many other companies, it seems that Ri...

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From Rant To Rave in One Night

From Rant To Rave in One Night

07-05-2017 02:17 AM by papadan | 13 comments »

Diablo has come out with a new product for sanding. It is called SandNet and fits 5” ROS. These are screens with Aluminum oxide grains. The sandnets come in a package of 10 with a mounting pad. The pad fits onto your sanders hook and loop pad and the sandnet disc fit on it. they claim these disc last as long as 10 regular sanding disc and they are washable and non clogging. The SandNet disc works on wood, metal, paint, Plastics, or any solid surface. They come in 80, 120, 220, 330, and ...

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Review of the Porter-Cable Orbital Sander Model 333

Review of the Porter-Cable Orbital Sander Model 333

01-19-2008 07:23 PM by Mark A. DeCou | 19 comments »

To be blunt, this will be my last Porter Cable Model 333. It is my third. The only one I like was bought in 1997, and I still use it. The one I bought in 2005 is dead. The one I bought in 2007 stinks. Now, don’t get me wrong. I “used” to love anything about a Porter Cable tool. My first warning sign was my laminate trim router I bought in 1997, and every P-C rep I talked to denied ever hearing about the problem with the collet getting crimped onto the bit sh...

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6" Rotary and Orbital Festool RO 150 Sander

6" Rotary and Orbital Festool RO 150 Sander

01-21-2008 05:43 AM by ShannonRogers | 5 comments »

I just bought Festool’s new 6” sander and it is truly everything as advertised. This is my first foray into Festool so I bought the package with the CT 33E dust extractor. Their dust extractors have been reviewed already on LJ so I will try to stay away from the extractor and focus on the tool. That being said, I a lot of my 5 star rating is influenced by the phenomenal dust extraction. Anybody who has done even 1 minute of sanding knows that the dust is what makes it so terri...

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If you were only going to own one sander, this is it!

If you were only going to own one sander, this is it!

06-21-2008 02:19 AM by Chris | 15 comments »

Over the last couple of months both my palm sander and ROS have bit the dust; of course they were about 8 or nine years old. I received this as a fathers day gift and boy am I glad I did. I decided to try out the claims I’ve heard regarding the efficient dust collection and life of the paper, not to mention the speed that it smooths a rough surface. A couple of months back I picked up a Big Leaf Maple slab and had done nothing with it; You can see the rough saw marks in the first pi...

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